Preserving the Past for the Future

In 1972, four women banded together to raise money to buy the property in Frederick where the stone Beatty-Cramer-painting.webfarmhouse, now known as Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, is located. They created the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation because they saw a need to preserve the precious history created by the Brunner family, immigrants from Germany in 1729, who farmed the land.

The family's influence on the City of Frederick and Frederick County is a "precious slice of life from 250 years ago," said Alan Imhoff, President of Frederick County Landmarks Foundation.
Now, the Foundation, in its more than 40 years of existence, has preserved numerous buildings throughout the County. It is actively involved in promoting Frederick County's history through various events, including Bell and History Day, Oktoberfest, and the Barnstormers Tour. It manages a historic plaque program, coordinates German Sister City programs, and sponsors high school students for educational trips to Germany. However, its primary focus is historical preservation and awareness, followed by educational activities, and these activities are supported in-part through five Community Foundation funds: The Beatty Cramer House Endowment Fund, The Converse Family Endowment Fund, The Derr Fund, The Frederick County Landmarks Foundation Fund, and The Friends of Schifferstadt Fund. Since 2000, grants totaling more than $106,000 have been provided to help ensure preservation of Frederick County's rich history.
As with all nonprofit organizations, the need for volunteers is great. Between 16 and 20 docents greet the public and give presentations about historic Schifferstadt, mostly during "museum season" which begins with Bell and History Days and ends with the Museums by Candlelight tour in December. Another group of volunteers tend to Schifferstadt's gardens, raising "heritage" vegetables and flowers in the same manner it was done 200 years ago. More volunteers are needed for each major event, as well as volunteers to help host groups of school students who visit Schifferstadt.
While the grants help to keep Schifferstadt structurally stable and open, and also help in creating community awareness of the many historical sites in Frederick County, Alan says that many projects are on the horizon. Of particular note is the Beatty Cramer House, on Liberty Road, situated beside Israel's Creek. As one of the oldest standing buildings in Frederick County, the Maryland Historical Trust deems it one of the six most important historical houses in Maryland and one of the most important restoration projects in the state. Alan says that Frederick County Landmarks Foundation has been able to stabilize Beatty Cramer House enough to stay intact, but restoring it to its 1740 period will require substantial dollars.
Preserving Frederick County's historic buildings for its residents and future generations is vitally important, and Frederick County Landmarks Foundation is at the forefront of these challenges. "Preservation, education, and awareness – that's why we're here," said Alan.

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